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7 Dangerous Signs Of Sun Damage That You Should Never, Ever Ignore

Written By REBECCA ENDICOTT

We all have a little bit of sun damage. If you’ve ever been out in the sun for any length of time, those UV rays have made their mark on your skin!

That said, there’s a big difference between a light tan or a few freckles and serious sun damage.

Some sun is good for you, but too much can lead to serious burns, sun poisoning, premature aging, and skin cancer.

Everyone should know the signs and symptoms of sun damage so that you can identify signs in your own body. With a little bit of work, lots of the damage caused by the sun can be healed and repaired.

Taking good care of sun-damaged areas of your skin can make a huge difference. It can clue you into early signs of problems to come, like irregular moles that might indicate skin cancer.

It can also help improve the health of your skin and keep it young and strong for longer.

Scroll down to learn how to identify the signs of skin damage, then be sure to make an appointment with your dermatologist to check that you’re in tip-top shape!

Sun Damage Sign #1: Age Spots

Sun Damage Sign #1: Age Spots

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“Age spots” are brown speckles that look a bit like extra-large freckles. They are also sometimes called liver spots or, not too surprisingly, sun spots.

That’s because these brown concentrations of pigmentation are the result of sun exposure, sometimes building up over years.

They are mistakenly called age spots because older folks have had more exposure to the sun and have more fragile skin, so these dots show up more often.

It’s a misnomer, though: anyone can get sun spots. They show up frequently on the hands, arms, chest, and face.

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